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Wednesday 13 December 2017

'She sent us the bill for Jason's ambulance' - Family reveal how difficult Molly Martens made life for them after murder

  • Molly Martens had Jason's remains moved several times to stop family seeing him
  • She sent Jason's grieving family the ambulance bill
  • She tried to win custody of his orphaned children
Molly Martens and her father Thomas Martens being led away from court in handcuffs Photo: Donnie Roberts
Molly Martens and her father Thomas Martens being led away from court in handcuffs Photo: Donnie Roberts

Kathy Armstrong and Ralph Riegel

Jason Corbett was "slaughtered" by his wife Molly Martens, his twin brother Wayne has said.

Jason's grieving loved ones have opened up about how difficult Molly has made life since his death in 2015.

Molly and her father Tom Martens were both found guilty of second degree murder on Wednesday and sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison after killing the Limerick businessman with a brick and baseball bat in his North Carolina home.

Wayne and Catherine Fitzpatrick - the sister of Jason's first wife Mags, who tragically died from an asthma attack in 2006 - have spoken candidly today about his death.

Speaking on Sean O'Rourke on RTE Radio One, Wayne said: "The trial was extremely difficult for all of us and obviously the pictures that nobody else will see - pictures of his bedroom, the house, Jason himself and his autopsy, stuff that'll never get out of our heads, it's something that's still with me.

"It's hard to comprehend that they didn't just kill him, they slaughtered him, there were blows to his head after he died, that was proven to the State Pathologist.

Jason and Mags Corbett on their wedding day
Jason and Mags Corbett on their wedding day

"You'd never expect that to happen to anyone, let alone my twin brother, you would never expect a wife and father-in-law to do that to anyone in any circumstances whatsoever."

Catherine said that Molly made things difficult for the Corbett and Fitzpatrick families after his death, while she continued to try and get custody of the late couple's children Sarah and Jack.

She said: "She made everything difficult from the start, she didn't just murder them she caused a lot of hurt.

"After his death she even sent the bill for Jason's ambulance from the night he died to his parents."

Wayne added: "I remember when my sister Tracy, her husband David and a few friends went to North Carolina after Jason's death and Molly had his body moved to different funeral homes a few times.

"She wouldn't tell them where he was at first."

A powerful letter written by Jack was read out after the Martens' sentencing, he said of his stepmother: "She (Molly) has put this burden on this family, and it will not be done until she is put away," adding - as many in the courtroom cried - "She will always be remembered as a murderer".

He said her actions had deprived himself and his sister of "a kind, loving and adoring father" and left the children orphaned.

Jason’s sister Tracey Lynch and brother-in-law David Lynch
Jason’s sister Tracey Lynch and brother-in-law David Lynch

Catherine said that the children are "very mature" and are being well cared for by their family in Limerick.

She said: "Even though he's only coming up to 13 he's had to grow up very quickly and he's a very mature little guy, maybe he had to write that letter for himself...

"We keep Mags and Jason alive, they love to look at photos, hear silly stories and we're very open about talking about them, it helps them.

"I only lost my own father in October and I'm 38 and I find it very difficult, I don't know what it's like for them to have their father so brutally taken from them.

"They're fortunate that families for both sides."

Jason Corbett with his wife Molly, who is charged with his second degree murder
Jason Corbett with his wife Molly, who is charged with his second degree murder

She said that she is relieved to try and move forward and try to put the legal battle behind them.

Catherine said: "I just want to close the door, I don't want to hear about the Martens any more.

"I want to help Jack and Sarah to get on with their lives as best they can without their parents."

Wayne went on to say: "I don't even want to think about her anymore, her or her family.

"The most important people in this are Jack and Sarah, they will be loved and cared for here in Limerick."

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